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  • John Heath to lead Do-It-Yourself “Messiah” in Batavia Dec 6, 2012 3:01 PM
    When the folks at STAGE, the Batavia support group for theater in the schools, were looking to repeat the "Do It Yourself' Messiah" this year, they couldn't find the funding and considered canceling the event. Then Dan Ross of Allstate Insurance offered to help.

     
  • Fox Valley Food for Health cooks for cancer patients Nov 20, 2012 8:17 AM
    The countdown to Thanksgiving Day has begun. But for some with cancer, the very thought of preparing a big meal -- or even an everyday meal -- is too difficult to imagine. Dietitian Mary Fremgen and executive Susan Leigh have joined to create Fox Valley Food for Health, a new not-for-profit program that provides weekly plant-based meals (with fish or chicken) to those in need, created by high school culinary students.

     
  • ‘Miles of smiles’ when Wienermobile stops in town Oct 11, 2012 7:54 AM
    Sammi King says some things never get old, including a recent stop by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Batavia. King says she remembers going to see the vehicle when she was a kids.And this time, neighbors of all ages came out of their homes, not just to get the iconic wiener whistle but to have the opportunity to recapture a moment from their youth.

     
  • 5-year-old Batavia girl is already quite the quilter Aug 16, 2012 3:08 PM
    The recent Quilt and Textile Show produced some amazing talent, one of whom was only five years old. Tiny Nicole Magerkurth visited the quilt show two years ago and was so taken by the show that she wanted to make a quilt. “I went to Prairie Shop Quilts and got a Christmas Doggie Quilt to make by myself,” said Nicole. “And I’m going to show that in the quilt show.”

     
  • Batavia grad forms all-male singing group Jul 11, 2012 11:19 AM
    Batavians are taking their talents on the road. Talented TJ Breen, who graduated from Batavia High School in 2008, has joined up with 10 fellow singers from Indiana University to start "Gentleman's Rule," an all male group that plans to tour this fall.

     
  • Batavia celebrates its ‘music man’ May 31, 2012 8:19 AM
    More than 1,200 people filled the Batavia High School gym to honor one who has given our community one of its greatest gifts — the gift of music. Like Meredith Willson's popular music teacher in the musical "The Music Man," John Heath has transformed our community just by sharing his love of music with many of us and with our children.

     
  • Batavia author’s book relives Northwoods memories May 30, 2012 2:05 PM
    For many of us who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin was the place where we spent the vacations of our youth. These were carefree days filled with the sounds of screen doors slamming shut, the feeling of sand between our toes and the warmth of a bonfire at night. Batavia writer Marnie Mamminga revisits these memories with her recently published book, "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts."

     
  • Batavia orchestra students earn state honors May 7, 2012 8:44 AM
    Every year, more than 15,000 students in Illinois spend extra hours practicing difficult music for the Illinois Music Educators Association district competition. Only the top musicians make it to state. This year, Batavia had four students holding first chair positions in orchestra at state.

     
  • World War II wedding gown gets new life - again Feb 22, 2012 2:13 PM
    When Cay and Gene Voiland of Batavia married on Feb. 19, 1946, Cay's wedding dress was a rarity for a World War II era bride. It was made of silk from Gene's parachute. Cay never guessed it would be taken out of storage to be used again, twice. Daughter Ann and granddaughter Celeste have both worn the dress for their own trips down the aisle.

     
  • Batavia thespians have ‘Great Expectations' Jan 19, 2012 8:20 AM
    When Batavia High School sophomore Kelsey Skomer took on the role of Belle in last fall's successful production of “Beauty and the Beast,” she knew that the role would be challenging. Now she faces another challenge taking on the demanding role of Miss Havisham in Batavia High School's winter play, the Charles Dickens classic “Great Expectations." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 19-21, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St.

     
  • Kids put own spin on Christmas pageant Dec 23, 2011 9:27 AM
    It was the miracle of miracles. Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, at the time, Mary and Joseph weren't there for the blessed event. They were still riding on a donkey looking for a room. Church Christmas pageants are always full of surprises, but usually they come from the kids on stage, not from the director.

     
  • Sing along with ‘Messiah’ in Batavia Dec 6, 2011 10:55 AM
    You can sing, or you can just listen. Either way, you will likely be inspired by the majesty of the "Hallelujah Chorus" when S.T.A.G.E. of Batavia presents Handel's do-it-yourself "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St. Leading the audience in song will be the director and members of the St. Charles Singers.

     
  • Swedish children’s choir to sing in Batavia Nov 17, 2011 11:09 AM
    Thirteen years ago, St. Charles singer Marguerite Karl decided to combine her love of music and her love of her Swedish heritage by forming the Swedish American Children’s Choir for children ages 4 to 17. Now the choir is gearing up for the biggest concert of the season, the Lucia Festival Concert, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

     
  • Meet the award-winning Batavia High School marching band Oct 13, 2011 11:24 AM
    This column is not without bias. Before you read any further, you must know that I am a fan of marching bands, especially the drum line. The Batavia Bulldogs drum line is one of the top in the state, having won numerous awards at competitions this year.

     
  • College counselor offers tips on finding the right school Oct 11, 2011 2:45 PM
    As high school seniors complete their college applications, high school juniors begin the tedious process of visiting schools, meeting with admissions staff and seeking scholarships and financial aid. “The more information students have, the better decisions they will make,” said Batavian Tracy Campbell Beckley, owner of Options College Consulting LLC.

     
  • New restaurants add more flavor to Batavia Sep 15, 2011 8:32 AM
    It’s great to see new restaurants opening in Batavia. The Lodge on the Fox (35 N. Water St.) opened recently and is now up and running with quite an impressive menu with great prices. The Gammon Coach House offers a simple menu, mostly burgers.

     
  • Children’s artwork sparks 9/11 memories Sep 9, 2011 1:00 AM
    Each morning, when I pass a painting hanging in my hallway, I am reminded of Sept. 11, 2001. I purchased the painting -- done by children from Louise White School in Batavia -- after attending the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 of the same year.

     
  • Batavia High School’s Fine Arts Centre to open Saturday Aug 17, 2011 4:10 PM
    It will be an emotional moment for many who sit in the new auditorium for the first time when the Batavia Fine Arts Centre opens to the public this Saturday night, Aug. 20. Billed as a Red Carpet Gala, the Fine Arts Centre opening is sponsored by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

     
  • Batavia getting new restaurant Aug 9, 2011 1:43 PM
    Restaurateur Jon With has plans on opening a new restaurant in Batavia in the space formerly occuped by Ona's on the Avenue.

     
  • Holmstad chickens ruffle no feathers in Batavia Aug 2, 2011 7:36 AM
    Inspired by the bulldog sculptures decorating Batavia, residents of the Holmstad, a senior community, decided to put together a similar exhibit. Their choice? "We chose chickens," said resident Ellen Hamilton.

     
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